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Faïza Yakoubi / Feature Documentary / Algeria, Romania, France, Qatar / 70 min / Original Language: Bengali / Interests: Documentary, Social Issues, Immigration, Identity, Exile

Synopsis

Abdul’Rohim and his friends are young Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar to find refuge in Malaysia. They all live in the same village on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. At nightfall, they leave to make money installing signboards across the city. Working conditions are dangerous as they climb without a harness, putting their lives at risk each second. Cut off from their home country; they meet after work in the village, where solidarity and secrecy are universal rules. Stateless and deprived of basic human and labour rights, at an age when everything is still possible, they carry on believing in a better future.

Credits

Director
Faïza Yakoubi
Screenwriter
Faïza Yakoubi
Producer
Paula Tudor Cămîrzan

About the Director

Faïza Yakoubi is a Franco-Algerian filmmaker. After working for several years in the field of communications, she undertook an MA in sociological film-making. There, she directed a short film on gender equality. In 2017 she directed, shot and edited a short documentary film, 'Mohamed and Mokhtar', about two old Maghrebian immigrants living in a shared apartment in Paris. Her single-shot film, ‘In Rush to Take Time', was selected and projected at the “Les Rencontres du cinéma documentaire” festival in Paris.

Production Company Profile

Tudor & Blum Productions is a young production company based in Bucharest, run by Paula Tudor Cămîrzan and Nomi Blum. The company focuses on bringing out humanitarian, social and identity-related topics through narrative-driven films, transmedia and performing arts. Our aim is to collaborate with professionals coming from different socio-political contexts and encourage cultural exchange. We are interested in finding the best approach and treatment for each specific subject, through research and experimenting with form. We are currently working on projects in collaboration with Malaysia, South Africa and France.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Faïza Yakoubi

    Email: 
    faiza.yakoubi@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Tudor & Blum Productions

    Phone: 
    +40 743 181 281
    Email: 
    paula.tudor@tudorandblum.com

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